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Illusions

June 22, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 22, 2011
  • Release Date: June 22, 2011
  • Label: Thomas Bergersen
  • Copyright: 2011 Thomas Bergersen
  • Total Length: 1:19:21
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B005A1ER0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,394 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By B. Fuller on July 5, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
I've been a fan of trailer music for a long time and enjoyed Thomas's work in Two Steps from Hell as well as that of similar artists such as The Immediate. This is my favorite album of the Epic Music genre. Thomas works in a lot of different emotions and character in these songs, and with nineteen songs, there's something for everyone.

Musically speaking, what stands out in Illusions is the use of fantastic female vocalists that will send a shiver down your spine. Latin-type choirs are here, as well, but more judiciously applied than in some of the other trailer-type music that tends to overdo it. Thomas employs pulsing strings, heroic horns, and driving beats, and he uses these to create story-scapes in your mind.

Stand out tracks: Starvation (feels like you're in a mine with scrawny slave children), Ocean Princess (standing on a cliff watching a mighty, rescuing ship pull into view), Homecoming (you've died and gone to heaven. Chills every time. Great medicine for a bad mood), Immortal (a warrior cleaning up on the battlefield) and Age of Gods (Heroes facing down the hordes. The mirroring of the horn and latin choir at the beginning are chill inducing).

There are no bad tracks on the album. Even the ones with a softer touch (Remember Me and Hurt) are a fun listen. Nine bucks is a ridiculously low amount to pay for this much quality music, so enjoy.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By NateB2 on July 4, 2011
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I've been following Thomas Bergersen and the amazing epic music he's written for Two Steps From Hell, so I bought this with high expectations. Nevertheless, my mind was blown again and again while listening to this masterpiece. It is stunning - he captures human emotion so perfectly in this aural piece of art, that it takes me places no other music has. When I'm feeling sad/depressed/, I turn on his music, and life seems to be better. When I'm running and need some extra energy to push through to the end, I put on this album, and somehow it gives me the energy I need to complete the run. It is the only music I've listened to for over a week, and I can't stop listening to it - it's more addictive than crack. If you only buy one album in your entire life, buy this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fastlanemovies on July 4, 2011
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Well sort of. Thomas Bergersen has composed for the trailer music company Two Steps from Hell for a few years, but this is his first solo album. It's amazing regardless.

What makes this different from Invincible and upcoming Nero, is that it is very themed. Rather than a random selection of the most popular songs. It doesn't feel like it's jumping between styles. It's subtly grand with a hint of epicness the whole way through. It's not Two Steps From Hell, but it's still very good. I wouldn't say that it's better or worse, because it's a different kind of style, but fear not, it still maintains the powerful orchestra.

It's also really nice that the album is only $9. There are 19 songs, and considering the songs span from 3 (mostly 4) to 8 minutes, it makes for a really good deal. And quite honestly, there isn't a single bad song on Illusions. This is one of the albums that you'll listen to several times. Another nice thing about it, is the will probably take decades before it's considered "timed'. For pretty much the same reasons that soundtracks are remembered for so long. I wouldn't be surprised if Thomas Bergersen started scoring for movies and games.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JL on February 3, 2013
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For the unaware, Thomas Bergerson is a composer who formed a partnership with fellow composer Nick Phoenix to start the company Two Steps from Hell specifically to produce music for music and video game trailers. Their resume is too long to list. Lets just say if you've seen any movie trailers for big budget movies in the past five years you have probably been exposed to some of their work.

This disk isn't Two Steps from Hell. It's just Thomas and his music. The inside cover of Illusions carries a message from Thomas. He said that over the past three years whenever he felt he had written something especially special he saved it for this disk.

He was right. This disk is filled with nothing but truly extraordinary music. It is easily better than Skyworld, Archangel, or Invincible. Please don't mistake that last statement as criticism of those three albums. To compare by analogy, if those three were beer they would be Rochefort 6, 8 and 10 respectively. Illusions is Westveletran 12. If you're not a beer nut that's like comparing Colt Pythons from the 1970s, 1960s, and 1950s to a Korth. If you're not a gun nut then I'm running out of suitable comparisons. Lets just leave it at the work he and Nick did with Two Steps from Hell is phenomenal and Illusions is much, much better.

If you are still unsure about buying this disk, step on over to Youtube and do a search. I am sure you will be impressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Brett on October 23, 2011
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I'm going to keep this review short. I have hundreds of soundtracks, scores, and trailer music albums. This is one of the best of all time. Every track is five stars. You can't go wrong with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ubshi the Ninja on October 14, 2012
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Words cannot begin do describe how well-crafted, diverse, and simply phenomenal this album is. Thomas Bergersen has truly created a masterpiece in modern-classical music! The range of emotions that Mr. Bergersen fleshes out is massive and swings from one end of the spectrum to the other so seamlessly that it seems like each song is a piece to a grand musical puzzle. The best example of this is hearing the intensity and darkness of Femme Fatale followed immediately by the heavenly and uplifting them of Homecoming. Having said that, each piece is still amazing on their own.

Apart from the use of a large variety of instruments from around the world, the excellent placement of electronic sounds (Reborn and Promise), and his ability to keep an 8-minute song interesing to the end (Aura and Illusions), what really drives the music is the amazing group of female vocalists that Mr. Bergersen uses throughout the majority of the album. All of the vocalists do an incredible job of lifting the music to new heights and when backed by a coed choir and a male vocalist in Sonera, some amazing vocal moments are produced (e.g. Ocean Princess and Promise). However, they are also more than capable of leading the song without a choir behind them as shown by the songs Remember Me and Dreammaker.

My only issue with this album is that I cannot find the english translations to any of the songs. I would assume that the lyrics are amazing, but I simply do not know what the translations are. If anybody knows where the lyrics can be found, please let me know because I would love to find them. Otherwise, I would give my highest recommendation in buying this album. Over a short period of time, "Illusions" has certainly become my favorite of all time!
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